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by John Bergstrom

26 May 2011


Crowded House leader Neil Finn has formed a new band, Pajama Club, with his wife Sharon. Pajama Club also includes Anna Skyring, ex-the Grates, and Sean Donnelly.

The band have not yet made any announcements regarding an album, but they have released the track “From a Friend to a Friend”. With Sharon on lead vocals, it has a garagey, almost Sonic Youth-type vibe. You can download it free if you sign up for the official Pajama Club mailing list.

Also, Pajama Club will be playing in Australia and the US over the summer. Dates after the jump.

[Stream “From a Friend to a Friend”]

by William Carl Ferleman

20 May 2011


Keep your government hands off my Medicare – and put on a music festival! The Freedom Jamboree will take place 28 September – 2 October in Kansas City, Kansas. The event will feature a slew of acts, from politicos to such musical artists as Chris Ross, Nathan Mann, Jon David Kahn, Najee, J-Shin, Jay Smoove, Toots Sweet, Chris Cassone, Jayquan, the Supremes, Tito Puente, Jr., Lonnie Smith, James De La Raza, Debbie K., Sherry Marquelle, Jeremy Dodge, Wes Hotchkiss, Chuck Day, Jordan Page, Lisa Mei Norton, Joyce Shaffer, and Krista Branch. One musician, Jordan Page, promises a “politically and spiritually based assault on the corruption of government and empire.”Moreover, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has been invited to the festival. Exactly what sort of song would she sing?

by PopMatters Staff

16 May 2011


Our friends at MOG want you to take a survey. But don’t fret, you’ll also get a chance to win a $100 Ticketmaster gift card upon completion!

TAKE THE BRIEF SURVEY HERE

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by Crispin Kott

11 May 2011


Let’s say you knew nothing more about the Hamptons than the area’s tabloid reputation as a vacation destination for rich white people doing the kinds of things rich white people do on shows like Gossip Girl and Royal Pains. If either of those shows had a music festival headlined by real-life actual artists, the headliners would be Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes, right? Of course they would.

The inaugural MTK (Music to Know) Music Festival just released its real-life actual lineup, and sure enough, the headliners are Ivy League yuppiebeat progenitors Vampire Weekend and Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes, who eight years ago appeared on the yuletide soundtrack to the distant cousin of Hamptons-based TV shows, The O.C..

by Jane Jansen Seymour

9 May 2011


Moby’s only scheduled performance in the U.S. will be Thursday, May 12th at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City at 7:00 p.m. The evening includes an interview hosted by John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds, as well as a preview of songs from the new release due May 17th, Destroyed. There will be a screening of Moby’s self-directed/produced Be the One EP videos and copies of his new book of photography available, also called Destroyed. Tickets, which include Museum admission, are $10 ($6 for members). Seating is limited; advance purchase recommended through BrownPaperTickets.com.

A video for one of the new songs, “The Day”, was recently posted on YouTube. Directed by Evan Bernard and eyeball, the eerie hospital scene features Heather Graham, Moby’s friend and new neighbor in Los Angeles. Graham is seen as a nurse and then an angel conquering demons in a metaphysical battle of good vs. evil. It’s one of the few tracks from Destroyed that Moby actually sings on, with a sweeping chorus inspired by David Bowie and Brian Eno’s production of Low and Heroes.

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